Exciting Start to 2018 for Kwa-Zulu Natal Branch

PMI SA Chapter Kwa-Zulu Natal Branch Meeting January 2018

Group photo of Kwa-Zulu Natal Branch Meeting attendees on 25 January.

First KZN Branch Meeting of 2018

At the first Kwa-Zulu Natal Branch Meeting of the year we had a whopping 32 attendees.  The speaker for the January meeting was the incoming Deputy Branch Lead Derek Smith (pictured front extreme left). Derek is currently Projects Portfolio Manager for Network Games at Derivco in KZN and a veteran project management professional in the ICT sector. Derek’s presentation centred on what is happening with Agile adoption and philosophies in Project Management. He advised that managers need to know about these changes keep themselves relevant and employable. He also highlighted the fact that Agile is no longer the sole domain of software developers.

Chapter Events

Branch Lead David de Miranda (pictured front right in the white shirt) has worked hard over the last year to engage attendees and volunteers, and is in the process of filling the necessary portfolios to ensure the smooth running of the branch. If you would like to be part of the largest global network of Professional Project Managers but not sure what it’s all about, join David and his team at the next Branch meeting. Details of events are updated monthly to the Events Calendar. If you are already a paid-up PMI member, please keep an eye on your inbox for email invitations we send out monthly, and posts on our Facebook page. If you’re a PMI member but your Chapter Membership has lapsed, you can

David and his team have some exciting new ventures lined up for the Kwa-Zulu Natal branch activities, so don’t miss the opportunity to improve, update or share your project management skills. PDUs can be earned by attending meetings, or presenting on a topic in which you are an expert.

KZN Branch Newsletter 01/2018

The KZN branch is proudly the first branch of PMI South Africa Chapter to publish its own newsletter, which you can download from this link: KZN Newsletter 01/2018.  Please contact Derek on kznadmin@pmi.org.za or David kznbranchleader@pmi.org.za if you would like to contribute to the next newsletter in any way.



2018 Welcome Message from the President

Dear Members,

Welcome to 2018!

The leadership team of PMI SA Chapter is looking forward to working closely with you this year, hearing your ideas and delivering some great activities to meet your professional needs for growth in knowledge, skills and community participation.

We started off the year with the launch of our volunteer management program in Gauteng at Microsoft on Saturday, January 20.  As we are a volunteer run organization, we are so pleased with your enthusiastic response. About 50 persons attended and heard presentations on the new volunteer program and planned activities and volunteers needed in a variety of programs, including, professional development, academic outreach, social impact with PMI Education Foundation, and how we work as a chapter. We are well on our way to filling some critical positions and engaging volunteers in some special activities. We will roll out this program in Cape Town, Durban, and other areas of the country to ensure you have an opportunity to participate and network with fellow professionals. It’s not too late to express your interest. Contact us at volunteer@pmi.org.za.

We jumpstarted our chapter member activities on January 25 with our branch meeting in Kwa-Zulu Natal.  Our branch meetings in Cape Town and Johannesburg start on February 15.  Our members’ branch meetings are usually on the third Thursday of every month through November.

Don’t miss our premier PMP/CAPM Prep Workshop, which will be held at Citibank in Gauteng on February 3 and 4.  We are finalizing a diverse set of events for the year.   These will be posted shortly on our events page.  Please consult the pmi.org.za website for details.

Look out for announcement of the dates for the PMI SA PM Summit and the Africa Regional Project Management Conference.  Don’t miss out on the early bird sales which should start in about a month.

We look forward to seeing and hearing from you.

All the best for a personally satisfying year.

Dr. Lynn A. Keeys


Festive Season Message from Dr Lynn Keeys

Dear Members,

As we wind down the year and start the holiday season, it is a good time to reflect on the events of the past year–celebrate successes and reflect upon lessons learned.  It is a time to get together with our family, friends and colleagues to express appreciation for their support throughout the year.

This past year has been an exciting one for us.  Some highlights are:

  • Increased chapter membership—10% versus 8.5% target; 781 members as of December
  • Active, up-to-date website/social media with chapter events
  • Increased member attendance at monthly meetings
  • Professional development: PMI Talent Triangle Mentoring Circles & Chapter mentoring program
  • Special Business Analysis Certification event in Cape Town
  • Port Elizabeth launch-special event on project manager & value creation; mentoring circles
  • AGM with live webinar, the first time, giving access to members nationwide to participate and vote
  • Academic Outreach support for PM training for hotel industry—MOU with Stenden South Africa
  • Collaborative MOUs with Project Link, GSTM, and soon FTI, supporting improved member services
  • Corporate outreach—presentations to Eskom: IT Group, PM Academy Professional bodies roundtable and PM Academy Alumni Imbizo
  • Project Management Summit & Certification Dinner


We voted in new EXCO Members (Academic Outreach: Jannes Haasbroek; Deputy President Morne Beeslaar) and new Board Directors (Annabe Jacobs, Nirvanna Rampersad and Reginald Mazana).  We bid farewell in August to Marko Divak, the former Cape Town Branch lead; we thank him for his tireless efforts and dedication to ensure availability of members’ meeting.  We welcomed in November the new acting Cape Town Branch Lead, Tania Davids.  For the first time, we now have a PMI Education Foundation (PMIEF) Liaison, Lebogang Ngoato, who assumed acting role and will lead our efforts to apply our professional skills to social upliftment.


Importantly, none of Chapter successes would be possible without the dedicated efforts of our volunteers-EXCO, Board members and other volunteers who donate their time to support chapter activities, often without enough helping hands.  But they get the job done!  We have learned that it is not a cliché to have greater member involvement in chapter activities.  We need to hear from you on how we are doing and on activities and issues that concern you.


We need volunteers to enable to continue to offer quality activities nationwide.  We encourage you to get involved in 2018.  Put your skills to use in different contexts, learn new skills, test and refine your leadership acumen, broader your social and professional networks, and help build the project management profession in South Africa.  “Good things happen when you get involved with PMI!”

Wishing you and your families, a most blessed holiday, Christmas, and New Year-health, contentment, joy, love, peace and realization of your dreams.

Dr. Lynn A. Keeys, PMP


PMI South Africa Chapter

SA Chapter Supports PM Education at Stenden South Africa

PMI South Africa Chapter has signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with Stenden South Africa to support project management in Stenden’s new academic minor program in hotel opening management.  The MOU was signed in a ceremony at the inauguration of the program on 3 October 2017, by PMI SA President, Dr. Lynn A. Keeys and Stenden SA’s Executive Dean, Dr. Wouter Hensens. Also in attendance at the ceremony were Jannes Haasbroek, Chapter Academic Outreach VP, Stenden SA Program Coordinator Kevin Aitchison and global hotel opening expert and programme collaborator Gert Noordzy of Northside Consulting. The collaboration will support the development of project management higher and professional education and practice at Stenden SA and in the hotel management profession in South Africa. According to Dr. Hensens, Stenden Africa is the first worldwide to introduce a curriculum in hotel opening management in its Hotel Management School and the first to include project management for the entire hotel opening project life cycle. Stenden South Africa is the local branch campus of Stenden University of Applied Sciences in the Netherlands.

A Booming Industry

According to Gert Noordzy, the global hotel industry is exploding. Today, the worldwide hotel pipeline stands at over 11,000 projects, comprising 1.9 million rooms. Of these, 427 projects which equates to 73,000 rooms, are in Africa. Noordzy believes project management is a new area for expertise in the hotel opening industry, and a critical one. Research shows that many new hotel openings in the region are experiencing delays, and both owners and operators are suffering the consequences, along with the general public as the hotel industry is an important source of employment and contributor to GDP as part of the tourism industry. As Noordzy suggested at his recent keynote presentation at the PE Branch meeting—a new hotel opening is in fact a project, and must be managed accordingly, using a holistic approach and standard methodology. See the hotel opening project management lifecycle below:


Academic Outreach

This MOU sets the scene for further collaboration between the PMI and Stenden University.  Already under consideration are guest lectures at the university by PMI Chapter members and for the PMI the join in on presentations and discussions at various hospitality industry conferences in 2018 in South Africa.

According to Jannes Haasbroek, it must be emphasised that when we look at project management in the hospitality sector, it does not only involve the ‘building of a hotel’.  The building project is but one project in a much bigger program or portfolio of projects, including the initial Feasibility Study, preparation of Impact and Environmental Assessments and final Operationalization and Hand-Over of the hotel.  The program approach is also not only limited to the new build scenario, but just as applicable to facility upgrades and usage change.  In managing programs of this scale all traditional project management knowledge areas are utilised, including Change Management, Stakeholder and Media Engagement.  Due to the nature of the hospitality industry and the fast pace at which it is moving, the outcome and target of the hotel opening is also in constant change, necessitating Project as well as Organisational Agility project management skills and techniques.

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